Roy hits 100 not out
Maranoa resident Roy Andrews celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club last weekend.
Mr Andrews was born at Milton on the South Coast in 1910 and moved to the Far North Coast with his parents and three siblings when he was just an infant.
In 1916 the family bought a farm at Invercauld Road, Goonellabah, and when Roy moved in to Maranoa last year, it was the end of 94 years of continuous occupation of Invercauld Road by the Andrews family.
Roy worked as a farmer in the region for most of his life, but also served in the 2/4th Infantry Battalion during World War II in Greece, Crete, Syria and Darwin. Roy was also a keen cricketer and played for the Goonellabah Cricket Club for many years and later in his life, he was a trustee for the Goonellabah Hall (now the Rochdale Theatre) and served on the P&C Committee of Goonellabah Public School.
In 1933 Roy married Dorrie (Doris May Myers) and they enjoyed 54 years together. They had five children, and Roy has also been blessed with 21 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.